Tesla Model 3 powertrain will need very little maintenance, could travel a million miles before servicing

Article by Christian A., on August 2, 2017

Definitely, the powertrain is considered as the heart of any vehicle. Without this propulsion system, a vehicle is as good as a dead block on the road. At Tesla Motors, the electric powertrain is basically the lifeline of its vehicles, including the newly launched Tesla Model 3. As to how durable the electric powertrain in the new Model 3 would be, Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk has the answer.

According to Car Advice, Musk remarked during the global launch of the first Model 3 production vehicles in Fremont, California, that the next generation powertrains found in the Model 3 are designed to go for “a million miles between services.” Musk’s statement shows how confident Tesla’s top honcho is about the durability and longevity of the new powertrain used in the new Model 3.

The powertrain of the new Model 3 – including its electric motors, battery pack and drivetrain – is completely new when compared to the ones employed in the Tesla Model S and Model X. Musk firmly believes that the powertrain of the new Model 3 would need little maintenance in the future. The new Tesla Model 3 comes with a four-year vehicle warranty and an eight-year battery warranty.

But of course, a number of consumables wouldn’t last even a hundred miles, like the brakes, tires, battery coolant and wiper fluids. These parts and consumables need regular servicing and if required, replacement.

Despite Musk’s remarks, Tesla is currently in the midst of a move to build more service centers and supercharging stations around the world. With an aim to make service wait times low, Tesla is also looking to offer vehicle servicing right at the homes of the customers.

Tesla is initially offering the new Model 3 in two versions: Standard Battery and Long Range Battery. With a starting price of $35,000, the Model 3 Standard Battery offers a range of 220 miles, could sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and could go as fast as 130 mph. On the other hand, the Model 3 Long Range Battery has a starting price of $44,000 with a range of 310 miles. Its battery system allows this version of the Model 3 to accelerate from nil to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 140 mph.

Tesla has already received around 500,000 reservations for the Model 3, pushing the carmaker into a very hectic production schedule. First to be delivered are the Long Range Battery versions, since producing the bigger battery pack simplifies the production process. The Standard Battery versions would be available in the fall.

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